The Influence of Homework on the Educational Experiences of Sixth Grade Students from Low Socio-Economic Backgrounds: A Phenomenological Study
School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
achievement motivation, homework, human ecology, self-efficacy, socio-economic status
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McCormick, Richard, "The Influence of Homework on the Educational Experiences of Sixth Grade Students from Low Socio-Economic Backgrounds: A Phenomenological Study" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 907.
The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to describe the influence homework has on the educational experiences of sixth grade students from low socio-economic backgrounds at a middle school in a rural county located in the western region of North Carolina. Eight sixth grade students provided a visual narrative pertaining to homework, and participated in individual and focus group interviews. The major themes to emerge were (a) motivation: teacher policies and practices, (b) family interaction: time and attention, (c) self-efficacy: emotional aspect, and (d) educational effects: short- and long-term. Recommendations for future research include replication of the study in urban areas, the inclusion of seventh and eighth grade students, and increasing the number of male participants.
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